The Winter Sickness Check is performed on a simple stool sample collected at home and posted to our lab.
It checks for a number of bacteria and viruses.
The highly contagious winter vomiting bug, Norovirus, can be detected by this test.
The usefulness of this test is that if any viruses or bacteria are detected then extra precautions can be taken to stop them spreading.
The virus is easily spread by contact with an infected person, especially through their hands. It can also be caught through contaminated food or drink or by touching contaminated surfaces or objects.
What are the symptoms of Winter Sickness?
The Norovirus takes between 12 and 48 hours to take hold after infection, followed by symptoms that last up to three days.
A person is still contagious 48 hours after symptoms have cleared.
Measures to help prevent the virus from spreading further:
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your stool sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
View results securely in your own personal dashboard.
Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your Winter Sickness Check stool sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your stool sample in the comfort of your own home.
Your Winter Sickness Check includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your stool sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your stool sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your stool sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range stool results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Winter Sickness Check results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Winter Sickness Check results.
Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.